Cardfight!! Vanguard Gaiden: If

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Synonyms: Cardfight!! Vanguard Extra Story
Japanese: カードファイト!! ヴァンガード外伝 イフ-if-


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 30, 2020 to Nov 28, 2020
Premiered: Spring 2020
Broadcast: Saturdays at 08:00 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: OLM
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, GameGame, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, ParodyParody, DemonsDemons
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.371 (scored by 523523 users)
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Ranked: #65782
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Popularity: #8749
Members: 2,275
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The series will explore an alternate universe to the main series, and will focus on Kouji Ibuki, an antagonist in the Cardfight!! Vanguard Movie: Neon Messiah, and Suiko Tatsunagi.

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Opening Theme

"What-if Wonderland!!" by Argonavis

Ending Theme

#1: "Gonna be right" by Peaky P-key (eps 2-13)
#2: "Horizontal Oath" by RONDO (燐舞曲) (eps 14-??)

Feb 28, 2021
shadowmellow (All reviews)
Oh IF, what a ride you are.

Right off the bat, Vanguard Gaiden IF is not everyone's cup of tea. I personally think your enjoyment of it really depends on if you are a fan of the Vanguard series in general and how much you liked the first 4 seasons in particular. It's full of callbacks and interesting "What If?" scenarios so if you're not into that this series might not be for you.


Absolutely batshit insane and a rollercoaster and I loved every second of it. The plot gets kickstarted when Kouji Ibuki, a former villain from the main series, gets send into the future read more
Dec 22, 2020
rememberthecity (All reviews)
I loved this series when it was a gag series about having a bit of fun with anime tropes, but then Kai shows up somewhere in the middle and the series loses all of its charm.

The first half is 10/10 fun, with 10/10 characters and an interesting enough mystery.

The second half is 0/10 fun, all the melodrama, and retreading plot lines Vanguard has done in other shows and a movie already. Vanguard should get an award for the most amount of times they've done the exact same story in the shortest amount of time. At least Marvel waits to recycle their plots.

You can literally pin read more
Aug 1, 2020
Ellenwitch (All reviews)
So what to say about If?

It certainly ins't a typical Card anime. It's a mix of the show itself, and say Prisma Illya, or say Cardcaptor Sakura in terms of it being a magical girl type show so far, which is a weird combo, but it honestly works here. For a number of a reasons, and let me explain why!

The plot might not seem like much, cause the episodes might be kind of the same with every episode that passes by. But it's still great, it's very nastogic when it comes to seeing old faces, along with a few new ones. Which is quite interesting read more

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